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  • 2013 - looking back

    By Molly Haines and John Whitlock/News-Herald Staff

    As we look back at the year 2013, its clear that many elements of life in Owen County will always stay the same. At the same time, the community is always looking for ways to improve itself while honoring and preserving its history.
    At the beginning of 2014, we take a moment to look back and remember where we have been.

  • IN HOT WATER: South Owen Fire Department

    After allegedly missing fire runs for months and falsifying reports to the state fire commission, the South Owen Fire Department may be no more.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the trouble with the department began approximately a year ago.
    “They just quit answering fire runs,” Keith said. “When that began, the Owen County (Volunteer Fire) Department began responding to that area, along with the Corinth Volunteer Fire Department for backup.”

  • Mobile home fire claims lives of two children

    Two children, a 2 year old and a 4 year old, died in a mobile home fire at 900 Gaines Village Dr., lot 7, this morning.
    According to Owenton Assistant Fire Chief/Public Information Officer Jude Canchola, the department was dispatched to the scene at 9:44 a.m. and was on scene at 9:47 a.m.
    Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy smoke from the mobile home, with 50 percent involvement.
    At that time, Owen County Emergency Medical Services reported that two children were trapped inside the front area of the structure.

  • Tourism spending up 37 percent locally

    While Owen County’s tourism commission continues to search for ways to attract visitors, the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet recently announced the state’s largest growth in tourism dollars since 2005.
    All nine of the state’s tourism regions registered gains in 2016, with more than $3 billion spent in the Northern Kentucky River Region, according to the economic impact study.

  • Celebrating Purple Heart heroes

    As Memorial Day nears, organizations across the country are busy planning events to honor America’s heroes — men and women who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
    Things are no different in Owen County, as the Owen County Historical Society partners with the Owen County Judge-Executive’s office to become a Purple Heart County.

  • A familiar face takes the helm at Owen County Public Library

    At the close of business May 10, Owen County Public Library Director Faith Mulberry said goodbye to her colleagues of six years, entrusting the library’s future with 11-year OCPL veteran Jennifer Chancery.
    Mulberry, a resident of Grant County, submitted her letter of resignation to the library’s board April 13, to become the next manager of the Kenton County Public Library’s William E. Durr branch. Mulberry served as OCPL’s director for just over a year, following the resignation of Jennifer Nippert in 2016.

  • Community Events | May 17, 2017

    FCC Community Food Pantry open May 17 and 20
    The FCC Community Food Pantry, 217 W. Seminary St., will be open from 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, May 17, and Saturday, May 20. To make an appointment call (502) 484-3451 or (502) 750-3342 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, only. One-hundred appointments will be scheduled.

  • At the Library | May 17, 2017

    Storytime for Pre-Schoolers
    Join Miss Susan at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, to enjoy picture books, crafts and fun. Caregivers are an essential part of the experience for the children.

    Library closed Friday, May 19
    The library will be closed for staff development Friday, May 19.

  • Gratz man victim in fatal Frankfort crash

    A Gratz man died Sunday at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital from injuries sustained in a three-vehicle crash in Frankfort Friday evening.
    S.J. Smith, 81, was driving northbound on U.S. Hwy. 127 near Frankfort’s Cove Spring Park when a southbound tractor-trailer crossed the median, striking Smith’s Chevy Malibu and a Ford F-250. The semi then careened through the guardrail and down a hill just past the entrance to Cove Spring Park, according to the Frankfort State-Journal.

  • Town Hall addresses county's critical health and wellness needs

    In light of the current drug epidemic sweeping Owen County and the Commonwealth, Three Rivers District Health Department hosted a “Town Hall” last week in hopes of further educating the public on drug prevention and health resources.
    Guest speakers included Owen County resident Brad Wilhoite, Owen County’s project coordinator for the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program Sarah Paige Tuttle and Former Kentucky Congressman and Foundation For A Healthy Kentucky CEO Ben Chandler.